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Pathologists Conclude Niabi Zoo Tiger Died of Heart Problem PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:17
Coal Valley, IL – April 11, 2012 – Pathologists at the University of Illinois have reached a conclusion about what caused the March 29th death of Niabi Zoo’s 12 year old tiger, Asia.

A necropsy was performed at Niabi Zoo by one of the zoo’s veterinarians, but further examination took place at the University of Illinois’ College of Veterinary Medicine to better determine the cause of death.

After extensively studying internal organs and bacterial cultures, pathologists have concluded that the cause of death was “acute cardiac arrhythmia,” which is more commonly known as an irregular heartbeat.

Asia had lived at Niabi Zoo for nearly her entire life, arriving in the year 2000 as a young cub. She was hand-raised by zoo staff members and was beloved, in part, due to her strongly charismatic personality. “We’re sad to have lost Asia,” said Interim Zoo Director Marc Heinzman, “but the entire zoo staff welcomes the feeling of closure that comes with learning why she is gone.”


Region 6 Homeland Security Board and Safeguard Iowa Partnership Announce Week 10 of “20 Weeks to Preparedness Program” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ross E. Bergen   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:06
Welcome to Week 10 of the 20 Weeks to Preparedness Program brought to you by the Region 6 Homeland
Security Board and Safeguard Iowa Partnership. This program will help to better prepare you and your family,
a little at a time, over a 20 week period. Each week new preparedness information will be shared including a
list of items to gather or purchase for your disaster supply kit. Sign up at
be-prepared to receive weekly reminders and announcements related to the 20 Weeks to Preparedness program.

Use this program to gather items for your kit in small steps over a five month period. Remember to change
and replace perishable items by the expiration date. Purchasing the food suggested by this program would last
approximately 3-5 days.

Place in storage bin:

One gallon of water per person per day
Dishwashing liquid
Thermometer and tweezers
Cereal (one box for every four people)
Collapsible shovel

Personalized Item (if applicable):

Water for pet

To do:

Establish out-of-town contacts.
Establishing out-of-town contacts can be essential during a disaster if you are separated from family members.
It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than a call across town, so an out-of-town contact may be in
a better position to communicate among separated family members. Make sure everyone has correct and up-to-
date numbers for those contacts stored in their phones and in their wallets.

Additional assistance is available by contacting your local Emergency Management Coordinator at
563-484-3050 or visiting their website at Visit Safeguard Iowa Partnership at, on twitter @safeguardiowa or Facebook at

The Region 6 Homeland Security Board is comprised of fourteen counties in eastern Iowa that coordinate homeland security planning,
training, exercise, response, and recovery. The counties included are Benton, Black Hawk, Buchanan, Cedar, Clayton, Clinton,
Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Linn, and Scott.

The Safeguard Iowa Partnership is a voluntary coalition of the state's business and government leaders, who share a commitment to
working together to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters in Iowa.

New Novel Draws Heavily from Author’s Survival Story PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Author House   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 08:51

Author Judith Rose shares her account of overcoming domestic abuse

OMAHA, Neb. – Looking back on her life, Judith Rose wonders how she was able to survive. So many people she loved over the years had died, and she had experienced as much – if not more – pain than all of them. Crediting her strength to escape abuse and hoping to help other women find the strength to do the same, Rose pens Blonde Rose and the Men Who Wandered Through Her Life (published by AuthorHouse), her new novel based on her life.


Blonde Rose and the Men Who Wandered Through Her Life is a fictional novel based on Rose’s life. She has changed the names to protect the innocent – and the guilty. It tells a story of abuse, sex, love, betrayal, secrets and survival. “I collected men as some would collect rare stamps,” says Rose. “Some men are like rare stamps to be held in our hearts, but others should be stuck to an envelope and sent to the ends of the Earth with no return address.”


Rose suggests that many women who are hurt by an abuser will turn to drugs and alcohol, or even the streets. Rose says she turned to the thing that hurt her the most – the men who wandered through her life. This story describes a woman with a powerful sex drive who brings men in and out of her life, and – despite being abused by them – maintained a level of control and power that allowed her to eventually escape abuse.


“I felt that writing this book of my violent and abusive marriages and how I was able to survive would be a way to help other women know there is a way out,” explains Rose. “Women have a strength within them that men do not posses, use this strength for you, not for him. If I could do it, so can you.”


About the Author

Judith Rose, who writes under the pen name Jewelya, is a native Iowan. She grew up in a small town called Council Bluffs. Rose earned her GED, going on to business school and eventually to Bellevue College where she studied personnel management and psychology. She has two daughters, five sons, and she has 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She has been an avid reader and book collector for many years. Rose is a domestic abuse survivor, and she hopes her survival story helps other women find the strength to survive and to escape domestic abuse situations.


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Governor Quinn Encourages Working Families to Apply for Tax Relief PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 12:01

Tax Preparation Assistance Program Helps Working Families File on Time

CHICAGO – April 10, 2012. One week away from the April 17 tax filing deadline, Governor Pat Quinn today urged working families to learn about tax relief available to them in Illinois and get the assistance they need to file their taxes. The governor continued his drive to get the word out about Illinois’ EITC at Harold Washington College, which serves as a tax assistance center organized by the Center for Economic Progress (CEP). CEP President and CEO David Marzahl joined the governor and representatives from Walmart, who also announced a major donation to CEP to provide free financial services to working families.

““Too many families do not receive the tax relief they deserve simply because they don’t have the information and means to access it,” Governor Quinn said. “We want our working families to know about the Center for Economic Progress and Illinois’ Earned Income Tax Credit, which will support economic growth and help them keep more of what they earn.”

Earlier this year, Governor Quinn championed and signed a tax relief law to help working families across the state and grow the Illinois economy. The Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit law doubles the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) over two years, saving low-income workers an extra $105 million per year and helping almost a million families who filed it. The new law also benefits all Illinois taxpayers by raising the value of the personal exemption and indexing it to inflation.

To benefit from Illinois’ EITC, also known as the Earned Income Credit (EIC), taxpayers must include it on their tax returns. While more than 2.5 million state residents benefited from the Illinois EITC in 2010, many people who are eligible for the state’s EITC don't file for it. The not-for-profit CEP estimates that between 10 and 20 percent of eligible taxpayers did not file for EITC last year. At the event, representatives from Walmart announced a $50,000 donation to CEP to provide more free tax preparation and other financial services to low-income working families.

“At the Center for Economic Progress, it’s our mission to continue providing important tax and financial services to hard-working, low-income families in Illinois,” said Dan Nielsen, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the CEP. “That’s a mission made possible because of the investments of companies like Walmart and the ongoing support of Governor Quinn.”

“Giving back to the communities where our Illinois associates live and work is part of our commitment at Walmart. We know we can make the greatest impact on our communities through the support of causes right here in our own backyard,” said Walmart Vice President and Regional General Manager Karisa Sprague. “We are pleased to support the Center for Economic Progress and the work they do in assisting low income working families. The free financial assistance they provide to families is an invaluable service.”


The CEP Tax Counseling Project provides free tax preparation assistance at tax assistance centers across the state. Their services are provided free of charge to families making less than $50,000 annually and to individuals with yearly incomes under $25,000. More than 28,000 Illinois taxpayers filed returns through the program in the 2010 tax season, with more than $50 million in state and federal tax refunds returned to clients.

For more information on the Tax Counseling Project, contact the Center for Economic Progress in Chicago at 312-630-0273, or its toll-free statewide number 888-827-8511 or visit its website For information on the Tax Assistance Program call 312-409-1555 or 312-409-4318 (Spanish). Details are also available on the IDHS website at and the Department of Revenue website at Information about filing federal taxes online can be found at

About the new Illinois EITC Law:

The new law marked the largest increase in Illinois’ EITC since its inception in 2000, by phasing in a 5 percent increase over two years. The law boosts the state’s EITC from its current level at 5 percent of federal EITC, to 7.5 percent in tax year 2012 and 10 percent of federal EITC in tax year 2013. More than 2.5 million state residents benefited from the Illinois EITC in 2010.

Under the new law, a single mother with one child, earning minimum wage ($12,800 a year), will save $154 on her taxes. A married couple with three children earning $30,000 a year will save $199 on their taxes this year.

Uniquely pro-growth and pro-family, the EITC is available only to those with earned income and provides incentive to work as well as much-needed tax relief to the lowest-income families. EITC also boosts local economies through increased consumer demand. A 2006 Brookings Institution study found that every dollar a family saves through this tax credit translates into $1.58 of activity in local economies.


The law also improves the value of the standard personal exemption for all taxpayers in Illinois and ties its continued growth to the rate of inflation. The personal exemption will increase by $50 (to $2,050) in tax year 2012, and the value of the exemption will be indexed to the cost of living adjustment each tax year thereafter. The personal exemption change benefits all taxpayers, regardless of income.



Animal Family Veterinary Care Center Receives AAHA Accreditation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Plett   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:10

APRIL 6, 2012…Animal Family Veterinary Care Center (Animal Family), Davenport, IA, has again received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management.

Only 15 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have achieved accreditation by the AAHA. In order to maintain accreditation status, Animal Family must continue to be evaluated regularly by the association’s consultants.

Animal Family belongs to a select group of practices that are committed to meeting the standard of veterinary excellence,” says Gregg Takashima, DVM, AAHA president. “AAHA hospitals pass a stringent evaluation of over 900 standards covering patient care, client services and medical protocols.

“By attaining accreditation, Animal Family is demonstrating its dedication to offering the best care to its patients and clients,” continues Takashima.

Established in 1933, the AAHA is the only organization that accredits veterinary practices throughout the U.S. and Canada for dedication to high standards of veterinary care. Approximately 3,200 AAHA-accredited practices pass regular reviews of AAHA’s standards.

“We are proud to offer our clients consistent, comprehensive and compassionate health care for their pets. The AAHA accreditation gives clients peace of mind in knowing we have been held up to meet the highest standard of care.  It is an accomplishment we take very seriously and clients should expect," says Dr. Scott Bernick, senior partner at Animal Family.

Animal Family Veterinary Care Center offers a full range of veterinary services, including the most up-to-date diagnostic, surgical, dental, and imaging tools and techniques. Animal Family also provides the very best in pet grooming, dog training, pet boarding and Camp Canine. Camp Canine is a day care that offers a safe place to socialize your 4-legged family members.

For additional information, please call Animal Family Veterinary Care Center at 563-391-9522 or visit





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